Registered Charity 1082794



Physically distancing while socially staying close

Most of our activities are suspended as a result of the advice for elderly people to avoid unnecessary social contact during the outbreak of Coronavirus Covid-19. Please check individual group pages as some groups are holding on-line virtual meetings and may welcome visitors.

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This shows some of our activities, courtesy of the photography group.
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Try before you buy

Prospective members are welcome to attend two general meetings (held in the Amersham Community Centre Drake Hall at 14:30 on the third Wednesday of each month) to see if you like us. Just introduce yourself to whoever is on the door checking membership cards and they will make you welcome. Make sure that you pay for enough time in the car park (allow 2 hours) to stay at the end of the meeting to have a cup of tea or coffee and get to know people.

Prospective members may also attend a meeting of one or two groups to see if they interest you - but please email the convenor of the group to make sure that the group can accommodate you (it may be full), and to make sure that the convenor knows you are coming to make you welcome.

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What Chiltern U3A can offer you

Chiltern U3A was formed in October 1999 and currently has about 1500 members and more than 100 subject groups. You can search our groups from an alphabetical list, by type of activity, or from a calendar - click the "our groups" tab at the top of the page.

Most subject groups meet once or twice a month, some more frequently, and programmes are decided by the members of the group. General meetings, with an invited speaker, are held on third Wednesday of the month at 2:30 in the Drake Hall in the Amersham Community Centre .

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A quarterly Newsletter is distributed to all members giving full details of all of the groups' activities and other items of interest. There is also a regular electronic bulletin, and the Newsletter is available to members by email as well as on paper.

Click here for a redacted version of the August 2020 newsletter.In line with data protection regulations, members' phone numbers and personal email addresses have been erased; the version available to members who log in contains this information

Members can see the current and past issues of the newsletter and eBulletin by clicking on the "For members" tab above.

Membership is open to anyone who is retired from full-time work and who has an interest in continuing to learn. You may join any of our special interest groups that have vacancies whether you are an expert or a complete novice wishing to develop a new interest. You are welcome to come along to one or two meetings as a "taster" before joining.

Membership costs just £26 a year. The full subscription is £32, but new members receive a welcome discount of £6. Members joining after October 1st pay just £13 for the half year until renewal is due by the end of March. Click on the "Join us" tab above to apply for membership. Renewal notices are sent out in December, with email reminders in January, February and March. Members who pay by the end of March receive a discount of £6, as a reward for renewing in time.

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There is no additional charge for joining any of the groups. Of course, where external costs are incurred, such as for outings, a charge is made.

Although we call ourselves the University of the Third Age, we do not offer formal courses, nor do we offer any degrees or diplomas. Our purpose is to offer members a wide variety of physical, intellectual and artistic activities to keep them alert, fit and healthy, as well as opportunities to get out, meet new friends and enjoy a varied social life.

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The organisation is run entirely by volunteers, and there are many and varied opportunities for members to make their own contribution to its success. The organisation only survives if there are volunteers who are prepared to use their own skills and aptitudes to make it work.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Chiltern U3A (CU3A) is a learning co-operative and membership charity which enables members in their third age to share educational, creative and leisure activities. Members of each U3A draw upon their knowledge, skills and experience to teach and learn from each other (peer to peer learning). CU3A recognises that some people are particularly likely to experience discrimination and harassment and is committed to making sure that CU3A is as inclusive and welcoming as possible.

This policy has been drawn up to comply with the Equality Act 2010. The Act stipulates that organisations cannot treat someone unfairly on the basis of what it calls ‘protected characteristics’

 CU3A will strive to ensure that members do not experience discrimination on the basis of their protected characteristics. This will include ensuring equal access to groups and behaviour between members and by committee members and convenors.

Click here to see the full policy

You can contact our officers by email as follows:

For membership enquiries: u3amembership@chiltern-u3a.org.uk
For general enquiries: enquiries@chiltern-u3a.org.uk
To contact the Chair: u3achair@chiltern-u3a.org.uk
To contact the Secretary: u3asecretary@chiltern-u3a.org.uk
To suggest a speaker for a general meeting, or to offer to speak: u3ageneral@chiltern-u3a.org.uk
If you have any problems with the website please email: u3awebmaster@chiltern-u3a.org.uk

or you can write to:

Chiltern U3A
Amersham & District Community Association
Chiltern Avenue
Amersham HP6 5AH

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